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CANCEROUS: Greens party policy would kill cancer patients including kids

greenskillchildren Greens party policy demands the closure of the OPAL Lucas Heights nuclear reactor. The facility makes a wide variety of things including radio-medicines that combat cancers including thyroid and breast cancer.

Medical experts have explained to VEXNEWS that the “half-life” of these radio-medicines is so short that it is not practical to import them. OPAL is the only place in Australia where these drugs are made.

If Australia’s only nuclear reactor is closed, cancer patients will be deprived of drugs absolutely essential to their survival.

This is just another example of extreme, ideologically driven, heartless and irresponsible policies of the Greens party, some of which we have reviewed in detail in this election.

If the Greens party gets a balance of power in the Senate – or even more terrifyingly in the House of Representatives where government is formed – they might well demand their policies on this be implemented. Their leader Bob Brown has openly admitted that he will use the leverage they have in the Parliament to get the policies they want. Their policies might be a joke but the laugh’s on you.

opalreactor The Greens party is indeed a cancer on modern politics, slowly eating away at Labor and increasingly Liberal inner-city seats, supported by voters annoyed with “politics” and wanting to send a protest vote.

Too few Greens voters actually look at what they’re voting for, in detail. They are a party captured by extreme leftists like the unimpressive Adam Bandt, their candidate in Melbourne, a former Marxist with continued and ongoing ties to other left-wing militants like his campaign worker Damien Lawson. On the Greens party’s own website, they set out their policies which include the bizarre (like banning the importation of zoo animals), the Lathamesque (stripping millions from independent schools which would cause fees to sky-rocket) to the economy-destroying (massive new carbon and income and even death taxes) and the outrageous like depriving cancer patients of the drugs they need.

As best as the all-knowing VEXNEWS Investigations Unit could establish, the Labor campaign in Melbourne has failed to put out any material drawing attention to the stated policy commitments of their principal opponents. No wonder Adam Bandt is favoured by bookies, presenting as a pale imitation of an ultra-left party is not likely to win a single vote and it undermines any case one could make for Liberal preferences. A strong result for Bandt – as is expected in Melbourne – will still have a majority of people in the seat strongly against him and his policies. The inner-city is changing, but it’s certainly not changing to the ultra-left.

If Cath Bowtell wins on Saturday, she’ll have pulled off a minor miracle and we’ll shut up about this. But if she doesn’t, the tactics of not drawing attention to the contemptible extremist policies of their principal opponent and trying to play a pale imitation of the ultra-left will be seriously questioned.


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  2. The Greens are absolute FILTH!

    If you are a moron – vote Greens.

    Posted by Anonski | August 20, 2010, 11:58
  3. […] the Greens have their way on this, cancer patients in Australia will die because a basic modern form of treatment will not be available to […]

    Posted by Qohel - Australia's Leading Independent Conservative Blog | August 20, 2010, 12:15
  4. “This 2004 MAPW study concluded that the new nuclear reactor then planned (and since built) at Lucas Heights in Sydney, was not needed for medical purposes. It describes the argument that the reactor was needed for nuclear medicine, as a “myth”, arguing that isotopes can be imported, produced in some cases without a reactor, or that other diagnostic procedures can be used.” http://www.mapw.org.au/download/new-clear-direction

    Posted by c u on the tram | August 20, 2010, 12:54
  5. Australia’s nuclear science organisation – ANSTO’s programme to update its ageing equipment at Lucas Heights in Sydney’s south takes its final step next week, with the official opening of its new OPAL research reactor, making it one of the top three in the world. It will produce radioisotopes used in medicine and neutron-doped silicon for making silicon chips as well as scientists using the technology to fight global warming, make better cars and fight obesity, to name but a few.

    The Greens are evil for risking our childrens’ lives in this way.


    Posted by facts | August 20, 2010, 12:59
  6. Can you provide a list of radioisotopes made at ANSTO and their uses?

    Some of the isotopes produced include:

    Technetium-99m – images the brain, heart, bones, thyroid, salivary glands and blood pool – also for bone disease in diabetic patients.

    Thallium-201 – useful in imaging and localisation of heart blood vessel blockage, which is a primary cause of heart attacks. Used during stress testing to diagnose blood-starved heart tissue.

    Gallium-67 Citrate – Hodgkin’s disease, cancer of lymphatic system, cancer of the lungs, aids in detecting infections and acute inflammatory lesions.

    Iodine-123 – whole body scans and specific brain functions.

    Leukoscan – diagnostic imaging of bones in diabetic patients.

    Fluorodeoxyglucose – diagnosis of abnormal glucose metabolism, heart disease, brain foci of epileptic seizures.

    Iodine-131 – (therapy) hyperthyroidism and Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

    Yttrium – (therapy) liver cancer.

    Samarium – (palliative – pain suppression) relief of bone pain and bone scans.

    Posted by produced by OPAL | August 20, 2010, 13:01
  7. What is nuclear medicine and is it safe?

    Nuclear medicine uses radiopharmaceuticals for diagnosis and treatment. Radiopharmaceuticals can be injected, inhaled or ingested in order for the physician to diagnose disease using imaging techniques, or to directly treat or relieve pain. More than 90 per cent of radioisotopes used in nuclear medicine are reactor-produced. Doctors would not recommend the use of nuclear medicine if they did not consider that it was safe.

    Posted by nuclear medicine | August 20, 2010, 13:02
  8. Greens are crap. If you vote Green you are really voting Red. Commo arseholes the lot of them.

    Posted by Life on Mars | August 20, 2010, 13:11
  9. c u on the tram I think you will find that producing some of these isotopes without a reactor (eg in a cyclotron) is still a few years away yet.
    I’ve had this argument with multiple green charities such as Greenpeace and the Friends of the Earth who I would happily support financially if they amended their ‘no nuclear’ stance to allow medical isotope production rather than condemn sick people to a death that is otherwise avoidable.
    I won’t even be giving the greens my $2.31 this election for the same reason.

    Posted by wolf | August 20, 2010, 13:12
  10. this is part of the greens’ population policy – kill the little sick kids! How low can the the greens go?

    Posted by sustainable | August 20, 2010, 13:19
  11. The most important isotope produced at ANSTO is molybdenum-99, which is delivered to hospitals in a specialised container (also developed at ANSTO) that allows it to decay into technetium-99 for medical use. The half-life of technitium is to short to withstand the delivary times from ANSTO to the world.
    At the moment, because the Canadian reactor is down, the majority of the world’s molybdenum comes from ANSTO and a reactor in South Africa. After supplying to the Australian market at cost price, ANSTO (ie. the Federal Gov’t) make a handsome sum from the surplus they sell on the international market, where there is a severe shortage.

    Posted by CK | August 20, 2010, 13:20
  12. Bob brown is entitled to his life choice- but please don’t unleash these baby killing policies here on the mainland.

    Posted by Sickening | August 20, 2010, 13:37
  13. Ha ha ALP filth the Greens will win Melbourne and hold the balance of power in the Senate you are facing defeat in the House and long years in opposition.

    Posted by anon | August 20, 2010, 13:43
  14. Most smoke detectors also contain a radioactive element.

    The Greens would see us all burned to death in housefires (often caused by the Labor Government).

    Posted by Dan Lewis | August 20, 2010, 14:05
  15. Must be part of the Green’s population policy.

    If the ALP wasn’t so stupid in Victoria they would have been letter boxing some DL cards with these images around Melbourne.

    Is Nick Reece still talking about the merits of merging with the Greens?

    Posted by Right Said Fred | August 20, 2010, 15:10
  16. Andy what I really want to know is why you missed the story where the democrats endorsed a convicted sex offender for the seat of Sturt.
    I thought you were meant to be the source for stories involving sex, lies and corruption?

    Posted by wolf | August 20, 2010, 15:17
  17. I hate children – especially needy first world sick human children who insist on pooping and consuming life saving nuclear medicine. Anyway I am sure their parents didn’t breast-feed or eat organic produce from Ceres community market.

    Vote ONE me and my misanthropic commie mates!!

    Posted by Adam B | August 20, 2010, 17:18
  18. Beware the creepy old arse bandit.

    Posted by Flopsy Western | August 20, 2010, 17:57
  19. I wonder if Worksafe will take back old sour puss on her huge six figure salary after she FAILS tomorrow?

    Posted by anon | August 20, 2010, 18:26
  20. So looking forward for 8pm tomorrow the wonderful Adam Bandt GREENS win Melbourne.

    Posted by anon | August 20, 2010, 19:56
  21. A vote for Mr Rabbit on Saturday means WorkChoices by 11.30pm 21 August 2010.

    PS, I am not desperate, I am not behind in most marginals in NSW and Qld. Really. Honest.

    Posted by JooLiar | August 20, 2010, 21:56
  22. Anyone who votes green is either color blind or stupid. When you have a [deleted] in charge whose knowledge of important issues is questionable then idiots have a party to vote for.

    Posted by andy bult | August 21, 2010, 1:00
  23. The Greens would have us import nuclear medicines, so it’s ok to have reactors in other countries is it? Greens are turning very brown and smell very bad.

    Posted by Robot | August 21, 2010, 2:43
  24. The Greens are a bunch of leftard arse clowns

    Posted by Jimmy | August 21, 2010, 3:26
  25. [deleted] over at “anonymous – I hate children and hope they die of cancer – lefty”, has refused all comments on this evil green policy.

    Posted by ah | August 21, 2010, 9:12
  26. Greens = Middle class, private school scum.

    Posted by BS Detector | August 21, 2010, 9:55
  27. What a cheap shot. Reading the title I feel as though I was watching a snap shot of A Current Affair or some other such show.

    People die. It is sad. It is heart-wrenching.

    Do we have a right to damage our earth in order to save human lives?

    Life is precious. Our earth supports our life.

    Posted by Amy | August 21, 2010, 11:55
  28. The Greens are all for exporting:
    • nuclear medicine overseas
    • energy jobs to china
    • manufacturing jobs to china and
    • refugees to poorer outer suburbs like Melton and Dandenong.

    Basically Greens look after the property millionaires in the inner city with their high carbon guilt.

    Check the carbon footprint of suburbs – inner city green voting suburbs have the most high carbon lifestyles.


    Posted by UPPER MIDDLE CLASS 'NOT IN MY BACKYARD' GREENS | August 21, 2010, 12:51
  29. the greens are all for solar subsidies for the wealthy – but dollar for dollar insulation scheme reduced more carbon that any solar scheme.

    But where were the Greens on defending this program – missing in action.

    Posted by Gutless greens MIA | August 21, 2010, 12:53
  30. on a 2 pp basis the greens have the lowest carbon footprint of any party – less dollars spent per 2pp vote.

    Posted by gREENS HAS LOWER CARBON | August 21, 2010, 12:57
  31. The last post shows the lack of honesty and science with most greens – if you live of the seconded preference votes of liberal and labor your are still benefiting from the carbon expended by the tow major parties….

    Exporting our dirty industries to China is also environmental suicide for the planet.

    Pity we do not have a real greens party with a global outlook.

    Posted by more australian green lies | August 21, 2010, 13:01
  32. The last post shows the lack of honesty and science with most greens – if you live of the seconded preference votes of liberal and labor you are still benefiting from the carbon expended by the two major parties….

    Exporting our dirty industries to China is also environmental suicide for the planet.

    Pity we do not have a real greens party with a global outlook.

    Posted by more australian green lies | August 21, 2010, 13:02
  33. The Fremantle and Melbourne lower house greens are all political parasites.

    They use climate change sceptic liberal votes to deny the largest vote block (labor voters) a say in Canberra.

    The cynicism of this is not lost on educated voters.

    Proportional representation in the Federal upper house and the same system brought in by bracks in the state upperhouse allows the small parties a say.

    However, using liberal preferences to deny the 49% of voters in Melbourne a true reflection of their first preference vote in Canberra is a complete inversion of democratic principles.

    Of course if you are a marxist or a deep green activist such notions of democratic representation are of little consequence.

    The not-so-secret’wink and nod’ deal by the Barber and the green Yarra councillors the liberal party is the real dirty secret that lies behind all these arrangements.

    Check the voting patterns of this mob – they always line up with liberal aligned protests.

    Posted by melbourne greens are parasites | August 21, 2010, 13:11
  34. I like little kids

    Posted by Pissy Chryne | August 21, 2010, 14:43
  35. If Gillard loses will Shorten Arbib and Feeney take any responsibility for knock off a democratically elected PM? I think not these three deserve to spend the rest of their pathetic careers in opposition

    Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2010, 15:26
  36. If Gillard loses will Shorten Arbib and Feeney take any responsibility for knocking off a democratically elected PM? I think not these three deserve to spend the rest of their pathetic careers in opposition

    Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2010, 15:27
  37. I’d like to blow Feeney and Arbib. Maybe we could all have a bath together one day. I’ll bring bubbles…he’s my favourite bath boytoy

    Posted by Pissy Chryne | August 21, 2010, 15:52
  38. I love wood. Maybe I can revive my career with the greens

    Posted by craig L from Ivanhoe | August 21, 2010, 16:03
  39. Thanks for your help Craig L. Now it’s YOU will have to suck (up) to ME!

    Posted by Colin B from Bundoora | August 21, 2010, 18:17
  40. Hey Vinegar Tits you better ring Worksafe for your old job back HA HA!!!

    Posted by anon | August 21, 2010, 20:36
  41. Dear Adam Bandt

    don’t be so quick in saying you will never support a coalition government.

    Remember you were elected by Liberal Party 2nd preferences – these can be withdrawn at the next election (which could be very soon) – if so the great green victory in Melbourne will disolve away.

    We (the Libs) preferenced you because it was to our tactical advantage, not because we prefer your politics to the ALPs.

    Don’t get too comfortable in your green chair.

    Of course you can never agree to actively supporting a coalition government but you can agree to be non-aligned (not support either party) and not vote on non-confidence motions etc.

    It might then be possible for you not to be a oncer and who knows you might make a bigger contribution to your party.

    Posted by Liberal supporter message to Bandt | August 22, 2010, 10:48
  42. Bring on Shorten as ALP Leader, the sooner the better. Then finally people will see this man has nothing to offer…

    Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2010, 11:08
  43. Arbib is an inarticulate hack…with men like this in charge the ALP is in serious serious trouble

    Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2010, 11:10
  44. The failure of the ALP in this election has nothing to do with Rudd and everything to do with factional hacks… they have no vision and would sell their own mothers based on focus groups and polls Arbib and Shorten i’m looking at you

    Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2010, 11:13
  45. Congratulations Arbib, Shorten, Howes and Feeney you have been successful in brining about the first one term government in 80 years

    Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2010, 12:59
  46. Posted by c u on the tram | August 22, 2010, 14:01
  47. Its called natural selection. The toy duck is cute though.

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | August 22, 2010, 16:53
  48. Michael Kroger was correct in saying on the TV election coverage that the ALP did better with Gillard than they would have with Rudd.

    Note also the Rudd has had heart problems, was admitted to hospital during the campaign, and some think his “megalomania” is a mild mental issue too. No one want a sick person as leader.

    The NSW and Vic “Gang of Four” ALP power thugs probably want to get rid of both Rudd and Gillard

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | August 22, 2010, 16:58
  49. I agree with Liberal supporter (22 Aug 10, 10.48am). Liberal preferences got you elected Adam “Ant” Bradt. Also note rule one; do not burn your bridges before you cross them.

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | August 22, 2010, 17:07
  50. Remember Adam “Ant”, Liberal preferences next election could be directed to Labour instead of you. One term MP’s can help destabilise both the Greens and Labour in Melbourne.

    Posted by Adrian Jackson | August 22, 2010, 17:12
  51. I support Green policy of same sex relationships.

    Posted by Craig.L. | August 22, 2010, 18:14
  52. That’s right Amy, the earth has a right to live as well. Soil has a right to exist, bear children and go to the pokies.

    Meanwhile back in the real world:
    I have worked with radioisotopes in the medical world, and also while developing new medical therapies in a lab (isotopes from Lucas heights). As has been indicated above, radioactivity is important for a vast range of uses including smoke detectors. No doubt the Amys of this world would be the first to be whingeing to Radio National if their own cancer treatment (god forbid) were delayed for any reason..

    Posted by rech | August 22, 2010, 22:07
  53. “This 2004 MAPW study concluded that the new nuclear reactor then planned (and since built) at Lucas Heights in Sydney, was not needed for medical purposes.”

    And who are MAPW? A panel of experts looking for the best way to advance medical treatments and diagnosis? No, actually they are the “Medical association for the prevention of war”, who seem to have misunderstood the purpose of Lucas Heights. No, MAPW, we don’t build nuclear missiles there, no, you can’t bomb people with technetium scans and no, you haven’t ever succeeded in preventing war.

    Re the paper in question- the groundbreaking insights were – import the stuff instead (?), rely on cyclotrons some of which “are likely to be built in the future”, rely on CT scans etc instead of technetium scans (putting the theoretical advantages of closing Lucas Heights before the judgement of clinicians). I like the smart observation that when the Aussie reactor was closed for 3 months in 2000, things were fine – because we imported our isotopes from Canada. Now their reactor/s are closed and we can’t do that. And I presume the MAPW’s colleagues are busily campaigning in Canada and Sth America too?

    The only clever thing about their report is that its so big (20MB?), that everyone gets too bored waiting for it to download, and never actually reads it.

    Posted by rech | August 22, 2010, 22:20
  54. @BS Detector, I am a Green working class, public school person, as is almost every other Green I know. In my life I have also met some great people who happened to go to private schools. They mostly aren’t Greens, but that’s fine. People like you who think in dumb slogans are the worst.

    Posted by foal | August 22, 2010, 23:38
  55. Andy’s very quiet this morning…

    Posted by wolf | August 23, 2010, 9:11
  56. […] Green policy could be deadly! AKPC_IDS += "8119,"; […]

    Posted by TWAWKI » Bye bye Labor! | August 23, 2010, 9:42
  57. The Greens policy is not to permanently shut down the Lucas Heights facility but to look at improving safety after ANSO admitted there were concerns. The comments such as “baby killers” is is truly disgusting. The Greens are trying to protect the lives of families and childern. This artile is misleading and uninformed.

    Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2010, 9:50
  58. Wrong.

    This is the Greens party policy:

    The Australian Greens will:

    17. close the OPAL nuclear reactor at Lucas Heights.

    Nothing there about improving the safety of OPAL.

    Nothing there about a non-permanent closure.

    Nothing there about protecting families or kids who depend on OPAL to produce the radio-medicines needed.

    It’s a bizarre, ill-considered and dangerous policy that cannot be defended.

    The Green party does not get the scrutiny it should. Its supporters think they can fudge or lie about their policies. At least around here, we’ll do our best to democratically hold them to account.

    Posted by VEXNEWS | August 25, 2010, 10:31
  59. Andy you missed no 16:
    “promote the development of non-reactor technologies for the production of radioisotopes for medical and scientific purposes”.

    Obtaining uranium for medical purposes is possible without putting it through the processes that turn it into a fuel, and placing it into a highly dangerous reactor. There is no rational argument to suggest that this is anything other than very sensible policy with an appropriate emphasis on the use of uranium for medical purposes.

    The nuclear waste at the Lucas Heights reactor is highly radioactive and dangerous. I encourage you to move closer to it.

    Posted by alim | August 25, 2010, 22:52
  60. No, didn’t miss it.

    Current Greens party policy says that OPAL ought be closed, not phased out depending alternatives or anything even half-way sane.

    The alternatives to reactor technology are still being developed, as we understand it. They are not currently working, which means that enacting Greens policy would deprive Australians of cancer-combating medicines.

    We have no objection to promoting different ways of doing things. But we certainly object to blind opposition to nuclear reactors or even nuclear energy, even though it has zero carbon emissions (carbon being the principal fad within the enviro movement at the moment).

    This is one of many aspects of the Greens party policy that has not been scrutinised by most of those voting for it.

    Those days are numbered.

    The bigger you are, the harder you fall.

    Posted by VEXNEWS | August 25, 2010, 23:19
  61. Who is ‘we’ Andy?

    I think you’ll find, given the obvious events throughout history, that most people are more than a little wary of nuclear reactors, their waste and their possible uses.

    You are never going to wedge people on this. (In all reality you will never have any effect on anyone, on any issue). The nuclear energy issue is not only spun beyond recognition by people like you, but it is a complete red herring.

    Posted by alim | August 26, 2010, 0:13
  62. The really unfortunate thing about the greens is this rabidly feral anti-nuclear attitude.

    I have a good friend currently receiving radio theraphy for prostate cancer. I’m currently in remission from another nasty but in the future may well need radiotheraphy.

    I have a friend who had breast cancer whose life (and breast) was saved by radiotheraphy.

    There’s just no way that any of us could possibly vote greens (even though in many other areas I like a lot of their policies.

    Sure, Lucas Heights is not exactly state of the art – but to argue that is a total furphy. Shutting it down is a really good idea – if there’s a replacement for it.

    It’s like shutting down coal-fired power stations. Hazelwood et al should be closed – as soon as there’s something on line replacing them. Unfortunately the greens don’t seem to realise that that won’t happen overnight and that the current cost to do so is enormous.

    Posted by Anthony | August 26, 2010, 17:21
  63. Policy, which ever party it comes from, does not proscribe the methods that will be employed for achieving its ultimate aims. It simply does not work this way.

    When the labor party announced its policy decision to get rid of workchoices, it did not provide an explanation about which parts of workchoices it would retain, which parts it would dismantle, what sorts of systems it would put in its place etc. Nobody in their right mind would have assumed that labor would simply repeal the legislation and leave a gaping hole in IR laws for example.

    When President Obama made his policy announcement to get the troops out of Iraq, he did not provide an account of how he would achieve this. Once again, nobody in their right mind would have assumed that he would get into office and immediately pull the troops out without providing for all relevant circumstances – the situation on the ground in Iraq, the safety of the troops, the safety of Iraqis etc.

    Equally, with this policy whose ultimate aim is to close a dirty and dangerous nuclear reactor, nobody in their right mind would think that that aim would be achieved immediately without due regard to all circumstances, inlcuding providing for the ongoing use of nuclear medicine, and dealing appropriately with the huge amounts of waste at the site.

    You could give this kind of treatment to any policy from any party and come up with the same sorts of ridiculous conclusions you have reached here. It’s dishonest and manipulative and it’s the very thing we are all sick and tired of in case you hadn’t noticed.

    Posted by alim | August 26, 2010, 22:26
  64. I went to a private school just like Adam Bandt but contrary to popular belief, any little turd who sprouted marxist ramblings, who had the appearance of a slimy weasel and pretended to be a socialist would have probably found themselves hanging upside-down from their underwear in a variety of locations about the school on a very regular basis.

    I guarantee that a quick “good old days” kick to the knackers will put him back in his box! Electric bloody cars ((KRACK)), help the refugees ((KRACK)), Solar Monorails ((KRACK)), double Mocha soy latte ((KRACK)) – Arrogant Twat!

    Posted by Angus | August 28, 2010, 0:22
  65. Clarke wants to see me in the upper house too.

    Posted by David Barker | August 28, 2010, 0:57
  66. Can’t understand what the fuss is about the Green menace myself. Adam’s already indicated his willingness to be absorbed and be one with Labor.

    Aaah, all those doctor’s wives and supposably free range militant volunteers and staff working for us. The Borg feel good today. It only hurts at first Adam.

    Posted by The Borg | August 28, 2010, 8:22


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